By the Numbers: France break Uruguay duck, Varane makes it 24 for defenders

ESPN brings you the best of the numbers from France's 2-0 win over Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.


France have beaten Uruguay for the first time in four World Cup meetings. their head-to-head against Uruguay now at one win apiece, with two draws. Uruguay's only win came via a 2-1 scoreline in 1966 in England.


France have won nine of their 10 World Cup knockout games when scoring first, going into the 2018 semifinals. Their only failure to win came in the 2006 final against Italy, who won a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 at the end of extra-time.


The number of matches France have gone unbeaten in when Antoine Griezmann has scored, with 18 wins and two draws.


France are now unbeaten in 10 consecutive matches in World Cups against CONMEBOL opposition, having notched up wins against Peru, Argentina and now Uruguay in this edition alone. Their last defeat against a CONMEBOL team came 40 years ago, when Argentina beat them 2-1 in Buenos Aires in 1978.


Raphael Varane's goal was the 24th scored by a defender at the 2018 World Cup, the most in a single tournament since the 1982 World Cup, which produced 23.


Uruguay fell behind for the first time, effectively after 400 minutes, at the 2018 World Cup when Varane scored in the 40th minute of the quarterfinal. In three previous Uruguay matches, the only goal they had conceded was against Portugal in the round of 16, when they had led 1-0 before conceding off Pepe.